The split stones that form the angles of the cairn are from the old quarries in the Fells; and some of them are of interest to geologists, ‘the brown diabase having streaks of white quartz running across’ them.
One of these in his scientific wanderings came upon this cairn and spoke of it as ‘a stone tower once used as a survey signal,’ his judgment thus approximating to its actual use and purpose of erection.
As one has remarked, ‘It doesn't cost much to keep a pile of rocks in repair.
Why can't they let it remain?’
For its use in scientific work and old-time association it is a valuable asset to any locality, especially a residential one, and its removal would be a source of regret.